Despite recently becoming a minority administration, Israel’s current coalition has no intention of surrendering, its foreign minister and the alternate prime minister announced on Friday.
Yair Lapid tweeted that it was too early to “mourn” the government’s breakup but admitted that it was in a precarious position after left-wing MP Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi left the coalition on Thursday over its mistreatment of Palestinians.
Lapid emphasized that the administration has no intention of surrendering and allowing former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who now leads the opposition, to “destroy the country.”
Lapid is co-chairing the administration alongside Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, which was formed in June 2021 under a rotation agreement in which the foreign minister would take over as prime minister from August 2023 to November 2025.
He said he was still trying to persuade Zoabi, an Arab MP from the left-wing Meretz Party, to change her mind. She is adamant about her views, according to the official Public Broadcasting Corporation network (KAN).
Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party has already stated that a no-confidence resolution will be introduced in parliament on Wednesday.
The proposal will need four rounds of voting to pass, which may take weeks, after which the parliament will be dissolved and Israelis will vote for the sixth time in six years.